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Posted 5 years ago


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A few weeks ago I went out on a Monday morning and saw these in the window of a Vinnies. Immediate recognition. I bought a full set of six matte green mugs and the jug in the early seventies. They were probably earlier from the thirties because of the script mark on them. I sold them all twelve years ago with the rest of the Keith Murray collection when I down-sized before coming into the new apartment.

Recently I've learnt that the set was called a "lemonade set". I had thought it was for beer. An Australian sensibility. To me they look straight out of Valhalla.

Keith Day Pearce Murray (5 July 1892 - 1981) was a New Zealander. In 1936 Keith Murray was appointed architect in charge of designing the new Wedgwood factory at Barlaston, Staffordshire. He was an architect and designer working in ceramics, glass and metalware. He was a designer for Wedgwood in the 1930s and 1940s. In glass he worked for Stevens & Williams of Brierley Hill. Objects of great desire! Limited edition pieces only issued in quantities of six or twelve. In metal he worked for Mappin and Webb.

These have the Wedgwood, Barlaston mark and that lovely engine turned decoration. There were four. One of them had a hairline. I've learnt now to leave the imperfect pieces behind.
I missed the others that I had and sold so I am going to keep these and use them for beer, on occasions!

Mystery Solved


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi Sean, thanks again. I've been just waiting for a bit to put them up.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks mustangT and czechman, too!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Keeping well, Sean. Not much happening on the collecting front.
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    They look perfect for beer! ;)
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks austro! Chin-chin, Saude y Kippis!
  6. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Love the big handles!!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks toracat!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks walksoftly and Phil too!
  9. lovedecanters lovedecanters, 5 years ago
    I should load my Keith Murray decanter in sympathy. You knew I would do that.
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks AmberRose, maryh1956, Misglass, lovedecanters aaaaand Geno too!
  11. maryh1956 maryh1956, 5 years ago
    I am new to CW, but I am in awe of your wealth of knowledge!. Do you have your own books and catalogues, an amazing database or great local library?
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi Mary. I use Google. I have some books, a lot of books, but I have always been looking for connections across national boundaries and across time. I like researching stuff too. My training at Sydney University under Frederick May in the 70's was crucial. He fostered a love of research and never said 'no' to anyone's idea, however whacky. Open minds, new ideas, another set of eyes can help to find answers, solutions to problems. Tried to do the same thing when I was a school teacher and encouraged my students to do the same. Thanks for your kind comments!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  14. maryh1956 maryh1956, 5 years ago
    What did you study at university?
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi, it was languages, Italian and French. Taught them as LOTE's in government high schools for 35 years.
  16. inky inky, 5 years ago
    Really nice Vetraio love Keith Murray's stuff!...:-)
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks inky! I did have you in mind inky!
  18. maryh1956 maryh1956, 5 years ago
    Wow, I would never have guessed it was languages. I salute you for choosing to teach. It is a special gift to do it well!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks maryh and to you too Marty!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    I'm sure you have already 'divined' them! My experience is that you unexpectedly come across things that you focus on. Serendipity!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  22. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    stunning ! NICE Kevin:)
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!

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